One Hundred Modern Scottish Poets, Vol. 1: With Biographical and Critical Notices (Classic Reprint)

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As it has been well said the Harp of Apollo has many strings, and the field of poetry is as varied and boundless as universal nature. There are those who cannot tolerate or recognise poetry in any strain but that of the highest order yet surely the wide world of humanity, the hopes, the fears, the thoughts and affections of the industrious, who form the great bulk of the human family, may be sung in strains of natural simplicity, and find an echo in any feeling breast. While neither soaring into sublimity. Nor sinking into dullness, they may in their true exposition of life and character be exponents of that best element of song - the poetry of the human heart.

The Scottish Ianguage - so simple, and so touching - enabled Burns, at the plough, to sing his lyrics to the ear of refine ment, and was sweet and powerful in the hands of Ferguson, Ramsay, Tannahill, Hogg, Cunningham, Motherwell, N ice], and many of lesser note, who have sung in simple tenderness. The land of the mountain and the flood may truly be characterised as the land of poetry. The dialect of Scotland lends itself so naturally and so easily to song, that the feelings of the illiterate, as well as of the educated, seem to flow more copiously into the lyrical expression than is the case in other countries. N o nation under the sun has produced so many bards as Caledonia. They sing of the natural beauties that surround her people - her burns and heathery hills, the occupations that make up the routine of their daily life, and the joys and sorrows that chequer their experiences - till almost every town and hamlet glen and stream are celebrated in song, and her scenery made familiar to the inhabitants of the remotest corners of civilization.

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